COVID-19 Update from the MacKenzie

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Thursday Night Live Online

Thursday Night Live is a new live-stream series/digital art talk show hosted by the MacKenzie’s Digital Coordinators Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll.

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Paradise Online

We are thrilled to be able to present the three films featured as part of our theatre program, Paradise (to all those who did and did not make it across), online for a limited time!

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Studio Sundays Online

Studio Sundays, presented by Canada Life, are an opportunity for families to connect with the artwork in the MacKenzie’s Permanent Collection and the artists that created them with hands-on workshops that are suitable for every age.

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Erin Gee - Machine Unlearning

In Machine Unlearning, part of Erin Gee’s exhibition, To the Sooe, Gee, playing the role of a therapist in this video, welcomes viewers to experience a speculative neural treatment called “language processing and de-processing.”

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Outdoor Sculpture Garden

The artworks in our Outdoor Sculpture Garden are part of the MacKenzie’s permanent collection and are on display on the grounds around the Gallery for you to enjoy year round.

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Spoken Word Performances

In conjunction with the experimental documentary in the Shumiatcher Theatre this winter, RISE by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin De Burca, the MacKenzie, in partnership with the Vertigo Reading Series, had the privilege to welcome Randell Adjei and InfoRed to the Gallery for spoken word performances!

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From the Archive

Allen Sapp, "Recess at Onion Lake School", 1988. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

The Permanent Collection: Walking with Saskatchewan

Walking with Saskatchewan was the inaugural exhibition from the Permanent Collection series of year-long exhibitions that will explore the depths of our collection and the roles it plays in our society. “Saskatchewan” comes from the Cree word kisiskâciwan (or kisiskatchewani sipi), which describes a river that flows at a walking pace. Referencing both this Cree origin and its anglicization, Walking with Saskatchewan examines how Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples represent and relate to this land as we walk it together. Drawing on the permanent collection and welcome some distinguished visitors (through promised gifts and temporary loans that help fill gaps in our collection or point towards areas of future development), this exhibition presents images of the land, its peoples, and its dreams.

Wilf Perreault: In the Alley

For forty years, Regina painter Wilf Perreault has wandered up and down back alleys recording a thousand fleeting impressions in a thousand memorable images. The effect has been cumulative. Recording alleys at every time of day and in every season, he has produced a living four-dimensional portrait of a familiar, but overlooked world — one that lies just beyond our back doors.

In the Alley celebrates Perreault’s achievement through an exhibition of paintings, watercolours, and prints spanning the length of his career. The selection traces the development of an unlikely icon that is now inseparable from the artist who first brought it to light.

Wilf Perreault, "Shady Lane", 1988, acrylic on canvas. MacKenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina Collection.

Arthur Lismer, "Study for Old Pine Tree", 1920, oil on board, MacKenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina Collection, gift of Mr. Norman MacKenzie.

Expanding Horizons: Collecting the Group of Seven

Norman MacKenzie had never shown much interest in the landscapes of the Group of Seven prior to 1925. However, in 1927, one painting by Arthur Lismer, “Pine Tree and Rocks”, grabbed his attention. When he approached the artist to buy the canvas, he found that it had already been sold. Disappointed, MacKenzie inquired whether the sketch might be for sale. To the collector’s surprise, the sketch arrived in Regina a few months later–a gift from Lismer.

Since “Pine Tree and Rocks”, the MacKenzie has added more than a dozen works by the Group of Seven to its collection. Many of these had never been exhibited, until “Expanding Horizons: Collecting the Group of Seven”.

David Thauberger: Road Trips and Other Diversions

“Road Trips & Other Diversions” provided the first comprehensive overview of this nationally recognized artist, best known for his iconic paintings of vernacular architecture. The exhibition included paintings, prints, and ceramic works produced from 1971 to 2009 drawn from more than 30 public and private collections across Canada. Clusters of prints, ceramics, and paintings from the artist’s own collection, ranging from New York Pop Art to Chicago Imagism to Saskatchewan folk painting, highlighting Thauberger’s process of assimilating visual information through the process of collecting.

David Thauberger, "Long Haul", 2000. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

Brenda Francis Pelkey, "Bush (from the series Oblivion)", 1997–1999, Ilfochrome on aluminum, edition of 3. Collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, gift of the artist.

Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective

In 2018, the MacKenzie was pleased to exhibit Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective, part of a national tour organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Windsor, which featured works by the contemporary photographer spanning nearly four decades.

Pelkey’s photographs document a variety of spaces, from ordinary urban yards in Saskatoon to dark woods at night. The retrospective addressed her ongoing contributions to an innovative kind of social geography, one in which the subject’s view is challenged to consider diverse options. The works invite viewers to imagine outcomes of events past, present, and future which may have happened, be happening, and could happen in those spaces.

Our Story

It is time to look again.
At what a public art gallery can be.
At what art reveals.
At our history.
At Saskatchewan.
At each other.
At ourselves.

In 1936, the seeds of the MacKenzie Art Gallery were planted with a bequest by Regina private collector Norman MacKenzie, who believed art should be accessible to all.

That spirit of inclusiveness has grown and deepened ever since. Today, our permanent collection spans 5,000 years and nearly 5,000 works of art, including one of Canada’s largest collections of art by Indigenous artists.

The diversity of the MacKenzie collection continually offers fresh perspectives, bringing people together to re-examine what they thought they knew. Through exhibitions, education, performance, workshops, and more, we are transforming how people throughout Saskatchewan experience the world, including relationships to Indigenous peoples, newcomers, and cultures from around the globe.

Ways to Get Involved

There are a variety of ways for you to get involved at the MacKenzie Art Gallery!

Become a MacKenzie Member

Now is the perfect time to become a MacKenzie member!

Renew or purchase any membership now and receive additional limited-time benefits to further enhance your MacKenzie member experience! Any donation made when you purchase or renew a membership will be matched dollar for dollar by the It is Time campaign (up to the first $30,000 campaign target). All funds raised will ensure the arts remain accessible to our community through award-winning MacKenzie Art Gallery programs during these uncertain times. 

Volunteer at the Gallery

While the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily closed the Gallery’s doors, we are unable to offer any volunteer opportunities at the moment.

We are always looking to add new volunteers with a passion for the arts to our MacKenzie team, though! If you would like to volunteer for future opportunities at the Gallery, please reach out to our Development Associate, Robyn Barclay at